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Bombing in Uganda

Four days before the explosion, and before bodies were thrown to the ground, I was having dinner at the very restaurant that is now in shreds!!!! A miracle some say, an atrocity others say, violence, justice. Who knows, it all depends on the lens we choose to see the situation in doesn't it? But for me, I say unfortunately violence and peace live side by side in Africa.

Why that place? Because it is only a couple of blocks from the American Embassy, and the the restaurant in front of the Ethiopian restaurant was a popular American and European hangout. Hence they were able to hit two targets at once. Yes, the Ethiopians have assisted the Americans to help fight the war on terrorism. Misguided yes, but strategic in getting their message across. However, most of the Ethiopians here are actually from Eritrea, so to be politically correct, we must identity the people to truly understand the cause. In Uganda, most people just see them all as Ethiopians and fail to distinguish between the two. It isn't until you begin to converse with them that you recognize the difference. However, many of the Eritreans are here seeking political asylum, due the harsh conditions of living through over two decades of war.

Yes, I see the eyes of the Ethiopian waiter who served me four days before, the bombing. I kept him busy that night. Having lived and worked in Ethiopia, I knew just how my food should be served, and I wanted it to be as authentic as possible. If I recall, we left him a great tip. But it wasn't enough to make up for the loss him and his family are now suffering, having lost their only means of income. My heart, my sadness, goes out to them. So, I want to paint a picture of their story, the side the American media will never tell. They will only tell you about the other foreigners who were injured, killed and maimed. He and his family came to Uganda, in hopes of escaping the many bombs of the yet to end war between Ethiopia and Eritrea, yet, he was not able to escape the silent war being waged by the Somali extremist group all over the world. How will they pick up and begin life again, having lost their sole sources of income in a country that has no social services? I have no doubt they will continue because, we Africans are survivors. My prayers are for the family of those whose names and faces will remain strangers to the international media outlets, simply because they are foreigners of a different color. Yes, I read the headlines on the internet, " American killed in bombing". Sad that when we come to spread goodness, we sometimes get caught in the trap meant for others.

My prayers are the same for those given by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. over forty years ago, " Let freedom reign", on peoples of all colors and nationalities, and may we learn to love and embrace ourselves better so we can extend that hand to our brothers and sisters no matter the color or nationality of the rainbow the creator decided to make them. I pray for all the victims, named and unnamed and I pray for Uganda, may she once again become a place of peace, sisterly and brotherly love, and may violence become a very distant memory of a past long gone.

Comments

jadefrank's picture

Memorium

Dearest Dr. Edonna,

Thank you for writing about the bombing in Uganda and giving us a clear picture of the people affected, the conflict and the struggle. It is so sad to think of your earnest waiter, who sought a better life free of conflict, get caught up in someone else's war. I agree, that in the American media we are often only told about the lives of expatriates lost... when dozens of others whose lives were of equal value, were killed as well - Ugandans, Ethiopians and Eritreans.

That is why we must look outside the mainstream media and hear stories from citizen journalists like you. And I thank you for giving us this window into the horrific incident this weekend in your country. I too pray for Uganda, especially for my Ugandan sisters on PulseWire, and for the families of the lives that were lost on this tragic day.

May peace prevail.

Love,
Jade

Kim Crane's picture

My heart is with you

Dr. Edonna,

Thank you for telling this man's story. There's an ugly calculus that goes into headlines for these tragic events here in the States. I think it's hard to grow up hearing media coverage of such disasters in the US and to not come away with the lesson that some lives are worth more than others. I don't know how to combat this except to do what you are doing, to give the names and tell the stories of those who don't make it into the news here, but whose lives and whose struggles deserve our attention. I am so sorry for your Ethiopian friend who is still struggling to escape war and violence. I wish the best for him, for you, and for everyone who has been effected by this violence.

Kim

JaniceW's picture

Thank you

Dr. Edonna,
Thank you for sharing this man's story with us and raising awareness of all the lives affected by the bombing, not just those of the Americans. I stand in prayer with you for all those whose lives were impacted by the bombings, many of whose names we'll never know. Our hearts go out to all of the families and we hope peace is restored again soon. With love,
Janice

Nusrat Ara's picture

Thanks for speaking for the

Thanks for speaking for the voiceless, for those who are not in postion to.

Regards

Nusrat

dr edonna's picture

Bombing Not Over

Thanks for all your prayers of peace and healing, but unfortunately, it is not over. Just one day after the bombing an unexploded vest was later found in another area of Kampala. However, the security forces are more on guard now than ever before. However, it is clear that Uganda was not ready for such a tragedy. Many of the bodies of the victims were difficult to identity and there was much mix up and the family members of the fallen, expressed disappointment in the recovering the bodies. However, all is not lost as we begin to recover our lives and livli-hoods without the assistance of the fallen. My prayers is that they knew how loved they were and how dearly they will be missed. Once, they have passed through the transitional period that all souls go through during the cocoon phase as the butterfly does, they will be reborn and have clearer vision and be able to help with the mess, those of us who still have bodies have to deal with.

So, now our prayers are that the deceased received much increase to better assist those of us left on earth. Thanks for all your thoughts, and now may we all rest with peace knowing that all things are in divine control and will germinate kind deeds and goodness from such a tragic event.

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